Most assisted living communities provide regularly scheduled trips to area grocery stores, malls, the post office, and other essential spots. At this time of year, additional transportation opportunities are typically offered for residents to complete their holiday shopping. For seniors who can no longer drive or who do not have family or friends living nearby, these trips are especially appreciated.
Some residents may be physically limited though, and therefore would not be able to shop without assistance once they arrived at the store. Depending on the staffing levels at the assisted living community, such assistance may be provided. However, most communities simply provide a drop-off and pick-up.
If the senior living community has a gift shop or general store, it is typically stocked with special items for the season, making it easier for those who cannot travel outside of the community to purchase gifts. In some cases, an assisted living home will open its doors to local vendors, artists, or small businesses to sell their goods in a dedicated space within the building. The plethora of online shopping opportunities available today are also helpful for homebound seniors, provided they have access to a secured computer. (Read this post for safe online shopping tips.)
Your turn: How does your loved one in assisted living get his/her holiday shopping done?